Tight ends in the draft
On the roster: Jeff Heuerman, Jake Butt, Troy Fumagalli and Temarrick Hemingway.
Level of need: High. Heuerman (ribs), Butt (ACL) and Fumagalli (abdominal) were injured last year and the Broncos opted to let Matt LaCosse walk in free agency. The need is based on the unknowns regarding Butt and Fumgalli in particular. Butt has three ACL tears on his record and Fumagalli hasn’t played in an NFL game.
Kahale Warring, San Diego State
Caught only 51 passes in 26 games so his early entry was a semi-surprise. But size (6-foot-5/252 pounds) and athleticism (4.67 seconds in the 40) have helped stock. … Concentrated on water polo and basketball in high school and started playing football as a walk-on at SDSU. … Missed all but two games in 2016 (foot). … Eight career touchdowns.
Josh Oliver, San Jose State
Seven catches in first two years, but 91 in final two seasons, including 56 for 709 yards and four touchdowns in 2018. … Finished second among FBS tight ends in catches. … On team that went 1-11 and used three quarterbacks, 38 of his catches went for a first down or touchdown. … Ran the 40 in 4.63 seconds at Combine (6-4/249).
Dawson Knox, Mississippi
Played quarterback in high school and walked on at Ole Miss, gained 40 pounds and was put on scholarship in December 2017. … Totaled 39 catches for 605 yards (no touchdowns) in 24 games (declared as a fourth-year junior). … Injury history includes broken foot (August 2014), stress fracture in foot (August 2017) and torn knee cartilage (2017 season).
Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M
First-team All-America in only year at A&M, catching 49 passes for 832 yards and led FBS tight ends with 10 touchdowns. … Played at Kansas in 2016 and at Northeast Oklahoma A&M in 2017. … Six catches of at least 30 yards last year. … Ran the 40 in 4.75 seconds at the Combine (6-4/251). … Spent offseason training in the Denver area.
Drew Sample, Washington
Met with the Broncos at Combine. … Fifth-year senior had 46 catches for 487 yards and five touchdowns in 51 games (40 starts). … Caught 25 passes as a senior. … Probably more advanced as a blocker than pass catcher.
Thursday: Defensive line.
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